Morality: Its Nature and Justification / Edition 1

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Gert's account of morality as a public system that applies to all rational persons is the only objective account of morality that allows for limited moral disagreement. It explains why abortion and the treatment of animals are such controversial issues, justifies deciding some moral problems by voting, and explains the prevalence of hypocrisy.
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"This book provides distinctive and powerful accounts of rationality and impartiality and develops a plausible and original moral theory on the basis of them. Packed with insightful arguments, an excellent model of the integration of normative ethics and metaethics, and written with a clear and direct style, the book is both first-rate teaching material and an indispensable resource for professionals." —Robert Audi, University of Nebraska

"It is of interest because persistence in refining a moral theory is rare and because it continues to fill a niche not occupied by other prominent theories. Highly recommended for all collections in moral theory."—Choice

"There is much to admire and agree with in Bernard Gert's book Morality: Its Nature and Justification. Few philosophers have even attempted to provide the systematic account of the content of morality, what Gert calls the moral system, together with its justification that this book contains."—Dan W. Brock, Brown University

"...Gert's rich, probing, and brilliantly illuminating treatment of an 'evergreen' in moral theory, the question, 'Why be moral?'"—Kurt Baier, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh

"Gert's Morality is a remarkably original, lucid, ambitious, and wide-ranging book. No short essay can do justice to it."—Thomas L. Carson, Loyola University Chicago

"Bernard Gert's account of the nature of morality may very well be the best and most significant contribution to general, substantive, theoretical ethics produced in the twentieth century."—Edward J. Bond, emeritus, Queens University, Ontario

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195122565
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Gert is Stone Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy at Dartmouth College and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Morality 3
Ch. 2 Rationality and irrationality 29
Ch. 3 Reasons 56
Ch. 4 Goods benefits and evils harms 90
Ch. 5 Moral rules 110
Ch. 6 Impartiality 131
Ch. 7 Justifying the moral rules : the first five 159
Ch. 8 Justifying the moral rules : the second five 187
Ch. 9 Justifying violations 220
Ch. 10 Moral ideals 246
Ch. 11 Virtues and vices 275
Ch. 12 Moral judgments 309
Ch. 13 "Why should I be moral?" 338
Ch. 14 Morality and society 362
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Not as Good as his Moral Rules

    I think Gert's 10 Moral Rules written years ago is by far his best book. It is compact and clearly written and presents a cogent argument on the relationship between rationality and morality. A better book that either of these is M. Berumen's new book Do No Evil, which borrows from Gert but substitutes logic (a la Hare/Kant) for publicity.

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